Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: "War's Hidden Cost"

Monday, May 01, 2006

"War's Hidden Cost"

In the article “War’s Hidden Cost” by: John Cushman, we read about something that is not often in the news about the war we are now fighting, casualties on the other side. We can sometimes be blindsided by our high tech weapons and think that the only ones that loss their lives are the brave heroic men and women that are on the front line. This is far from the truth according to this article, “the Red Cross found that more then half those interviewed had a family member killed. One in three was wounded, two in five were tortured, one in five imprisoned. One in four were soldiers.” These numbers are crazy to me, I feel that they are way to high. I don’t support the war for many reasons this is juts another, we are not fighting a war against the innocent people so there is no reason for these numbers to be so high. “But to an American public that has come to expect pinpoint precision from 21st century weapons, it comes as a shock to see the images of widows and orphans hospitalized by an American air raid”.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

The military has cultivated this image of pinpoint precision and when it fails that comes back to haunt them. Our public expects that we will not kill civilians that is not possible. War has always included and will always include errors, accidents, and civilians sacrificed to achieve military objectives. Disguising, mitigating and softening these inevitable incidents is what the media managers at the Pentagon struggle to accomplish.

5/03/2006 10:35 PM  

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